Junior high classes teach more than traditional subjects

Unity Junior High School eighth-graders are getting lessons that go beyond the traditional reading, writing and ‘rithmetic.
Two exploratory classes called Journey and Quest last for a quarter each.

Grand day

St. Thomas Catholic School celebrated Grandparents Day on March 6. Grandparents were invited to attend Mass in the morning, followed by coffee and doughnuts in the school gym. There was then a student program followed by classroom time with grandparents.

World class

Carrie Busey Elementary School held its annual International Night, "A Celebration of World Culture," on March 5. Carrie Busey families from Argentina, China, Cuba, El Salvador, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Philippines, Slovakia, Ukraine and Venezuela shared he culture and heritage of their countries.

Trueblood recognized as National Board Certified teacher

Michele Trueblood, a deaf and hard-of-hearing teacher at Carrie Busey Elementary School, has been recognized by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as a National Board Certified teacher.
National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential that acknowledges effective and accomplished teachers. It is a volunteer program.

Mardi Gras carnival

St. Thomas Catholic School in Philo held its annual Mardi Gras carnival last Tuesday. Proceeds from ticket sales are going to the American Heart Association.

School celebrates Catholic School Week

St. Thomas Catholic School in Philo celebrated Catholic Schools Week last week with a series of activities.

St. Thomas gets $1 million

The St. Thomas Catholic School community came out in full force last Wednesday to thank one of their own for a $1 million gift.
Dallas resident Robert Trost, 83, flew into town for a reception honoring his donation just before an open house celebrating Catholic Schools Week.
Student Council President Garrett Boyer thanked Trost on behalf of the students.

Fourth-grader wins St. Thomas geography bee

Can you name the most populous city on the east coast of China where bicycles are the most common form of transportation? St. Thomas Catholic School fourth-grader Dalton Carmien can.
Carmien gave the correct answer — Shanghai — in the final round of Friday morning’s geography bee at her school, beating out nine students grades four through eight.

Students get lesson in philanthropy while having some fun

It may have been fun to watch their teachers getting “pied,” but some Unity Junior High School students learned a lesson about philanthropy along the way.
In the first part of their curriculum, Katie Bates’ exploratory Quest class learned about “giraffe heroes” — people who “stick their neck out” to help others.
“They’re active citizens looking out for people,” Bates said.

St. Thomas Catholic School celebrates second annual Greek Day

It was all Greek to them.
On Oct. 17, junior high students at St. Thomas Catholic School in Philo celebrated a Greek Day as the culmination of a literature unit in which they are reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series by Rick Riordan. The junior high students are reading one book in the series each year and with it are learning about the history of ancient Greece.

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